Canadian Scientific Communities: a History
The Confederation is 150 years old, but how old is Canadian science? How was our scientific community built? Was it English or French before being Canadian? And what is its foreseeable future?
A Brief History of Scientific Institutions in Canada
The principle task for the European explorers who first visited and then settled New France was to explore the geography of these new lands and to identify the natural resources.
How about in 150 years? A brief reflection on the future of science production
While it isn’t easy to imagine the research sector in a future as distant as in 150 years, we can however be sure, in the light of the changes in the Canadian scientific field over the past 150 years, that digital technology will continue to cause a major reframing of the means of production and dissemination of knowledge and content in the humanities.
- Journal Portrait
Scientia Canadensis: The history of science in Canada since 1976
In 1976 Richard Jarrell and Arnold Roos founded the HSTC Bulletin, the Quarterly Newsletter for the History of Science and Technology of Canada. In 1984, the HSTC Bulletin became Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian, Science, Technology and Medicine / revue canadienne d'histoire des sciences, des techniques et de la médecine.
- Translated article of the month
Scientific Exchanges Between Quebec, Canada and the European Union as Seen Through the Prism of Scholarly Publications (1980-2009)
This article examines the evolving relationships between researchers from Quebec and Canada and their counterparts in countries of the European Union over a period of thirty years. A quantitative analysis of scientific publications and their characteristics provides a useful and informative mapping of international scientific relations and their development over time at the national, provincial and institutional levels. This type of analysis is useful not only in evaluating the effects of internationalization policies, but can also be used as a tool to create policies that are consistent with the choices of researchers who, following the logic specific to their field of specialization, build international networks so as to maximize their research success.
Focus on the journals
Scientia Canadensis is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. Published by the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA/AHSTC), the journal was first published in 1976 as HSTC Bulletin. In addition to peer-reviewed scholarship, Scientia Canadensis also publishes research notes, book reviews, bibliographies, and other contributions in English and French.
Founded in 1868 by Father Léon Provancher, Le Naturaliste canadien is a half-yearly journal disseminating knowledge in the fields of natural sciences and environment that publishes French-language articles on North-American topics, such as naturalists’ observations, inventory or research results, literature reviews as well as considerations on scientific or environmental topics.
Mens: revue d'histoire intellectuelle de l’Amérique française was founded in 2000. This semi-annual learned journal is dedicated to Quebec, French Canada and French America history of ideas and culture. Mens' field is intellectual history in its broadest definition, including the history of intellectuals' doctrines, of various organisations' (such as unions and political parties) ideologies, as well as ideological movements such as feminism and nationalism.
Founded in 1922 as the Report of the Annual Meeting (from 1966-1989 under the title Historical Papers) the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada publishes papers in any field that opens up new avenues of historical enquiry, explores a subject previously treated in a fresh and promising fashion, and/or employs a method or approach of interest to historians working outside the narrow specialization of the paper in question.